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Player Profile: Sergio Conceicao  

Sergio ConceicaoFull name: Sergio Paulo Marceneiro da Conceicao
Position: Midfielder
Date of Birth: 15 November 1974
Birthplace: Coimbra, Portugal


Flying winger Sergio Conceicao played a prominent role in the Portuguese national side from the late 90s until his last international in 2003, while also forging a successful club career that has taken in some of Italian football’s most recognisable teams.

Born and raised in Coimbra in the centre of Portugal, Conceicao was in the youth academy of local outfit Academica, before moving on to Leca FC and Felgueiras. In 1996, at the age of 22, the pacey winger earned a dream move to FC Porto, and his career took off.

Two hugely successful years with Porto saw Conceicao’s marauding runs down the right flank, combined with a good goalscoring record, help his team to back-to-back domestic championships and a Portuguese Cup triumph.

Lazio success

Having made his international debut for Portugal during his time with Porto, Conceicao continued his rise to stardom when he moved to Italian heavyweights Lazio in 1998. Success followed him to Rome, with his direct dribbling and crossing providing plenty of assists for team-mates as the Biancocelesti won the Uefa Cup Winners’ Cup in his first season and the Italian league title the following year.

After an impressive showing for his country at Euro 2000, Conceicao was on the move again as Lazio used him as a makeweight in a world record deal to bring Hernan Crespo from Parma. He spent just one season at the Ennio Tardini, before switching to Italian giants Inter Milan.

However, during what should have been his prime years, Conceicao continued to switch clubs all too regularly. He struggled to settle at Inter, and was happy to move back to Lazio, where he remained a popular figure, in 2003. However, with the club enduring difficult times, the winger opted to return home to Porto after just half a season.

Sensational impact

A second spell with Porto failed to entice the best out of Conceicao, and just a few months shy of his 30th birthday, he decided to begin a fresh challenge in Belgium with Standard Liege. It proved an excellent career choice, with Conceicao having a sensational impact in the Jupiler League.

During three years at Standard, he won the Belgian Golden Shoe Player of the Year in 2005, and was made club captain. March 2006 brought an unsavoury incident as Conceicao was banned for assaulting a referee, but after serving his five-month suspension, he returned to reclaim his place as the star man in the Standard side.

Nevertheless, Conceicao decided to leave Belgium in 2007 and moved to Kuwait and Al-Qadisiya, where he played for just a few months before being enticed back to Europe by Fernando Santos’s PAOK Thessaloniki. Similar to his stay in Belgian football, Conceicao became an instant crowd favourite in Greece and was again installed as skipper at PAOK, before he hung up his boots in November 2009 and took up a director’s role at the club.

International Career

Although Conceicao’s international career was cut short due to differences with national team boss Luiz Scolari in 2003, he amassed 56 caps and scored a respectable 12 goals for his country. Perhaps Conceicao’s most impressive form in a Portugal shirt came during the side’s run to the Euro 2000 semi-finals, which included a hat-trick in a 3-0 win over Germany in the group phase.

by Sean Gillen

Club Appearances* Goals
Penafiel 30 2
Leca 24 3
Felgueiras 30 4
FC Porto 56 9
Lazio 63 7
Parma 25 5
Inter Milan 41 1
Lazio 7 0
FC Porto 11 0
Standard Liege 73 21
Al Qadisiya 7 5
PAOK 37 5

* League appearances only

Comments (1)
1 Saturday, 12 November 2011 13:13
sergio...PAOK FOR EVER!!

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